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Sam Greenslade A ucklander Tom Buxton is going places, fast. In just his fourth season in the premier grade, the 20-year-old from Helensville is now the man to beat on the national enduro scene, although the writing had probably been on the wall for quite some time before that. In 2014, Glen Eden’s Chris Birch (KTM) was dominating the sport at the top level here and the then 16-year-old Buxton was heralding his “arrival” in the sport by winning five out of six rounds to claim the intermediate grade trophy. Buxton finished 10th overall on debut in the top grade the following season, in 2015. A year later and Buxton was regularly finishing among the top 10. At the end of that 2016 season he finished with a ranking of eighth overall and actually took his KTM 200XC to win the expert under-200cc two-stroke crown. Last year he rode a KTM 350 EXC-F and finished the season fifth overall. Fast forward to 2018 and he’s now the top dog after the first two rounds of this year’s five-round New Zealand Enduro Championships series – round Tom Buxton HE PACE NATIONALS KIWI RIDER 81